September 11th

A day in history to always be remembered.

11 911 Remembrance

9/11

( I salute all serving during 9/11)

 

A day I would like to forget,

However, I remember it yet,

I over slept that morning,

I never heard the warnings,

I hurried to get to work,

Quickly listening, taking a look.

I had the car radio on,

Worried where my students had gone.

‘That was awful in New York,” I heard them say,

Yet never a mention of that day,

Suddenly, they said, “Nellis was on lock down,”

That was the Air Force base in my town.

Now that made me more nervous,

But my kids were already off the bus,

I ran into the school, unlocking my room,

Finding my students very soon,

The school was very empty,

No one talking, it seem so quiet to me.

When lunch finally rolled around,

I went to the lounge where teachers were found,

One man said, “Oh that was horrible today,”

“What happened?”  “Please say,”

He replied, “It’s too horrible to talk about,”

With that, I began to talk and shout.

“Tell me now if you don’t want to die,”

“I can’t stand it anymore, I need to know why,”

“Okay, Okay!” He said, “I’ll tell you,”

Then a big breath he took and drew,

Then his story began about the towers,

Telling me what had happened in the early hours.

Teachers began crying,

Talking about people dying,

Now I understood,

What the news was that I heard,

But the worse for me was yet to come,

When the school told us to keep mum.

We had been given a gag order,

Not to talk to students about this horror,

Yet they were afraid to be at school,

They needed answers and hoped you knew,

My special needs students looked up to me,

They needed to be able to talk freely.

My answer to them had to be,

You are safe when with me,

So if you find yourself in fear,

Tell your teachers you need me near,

That was how it would start,

But the real problem was families torn apart.

 Children about their parents worrying,

Deployment coming but not knowing,

Wanting to call home from school,

Needing to know families were safe, yet being cool,

Students acting out,

Fearing what it was all about.

 Military families torn apart,

Everyone aching in their heart,

It was hard to watch and see,

How it affected my schoolchildren differently,

Calling up parents before they left,

Helping them comfort their children to rest.

One of the hardest things I have ever done,

Preparing families for what was to come,

Not a school can train you for this situation,

It comes from lives participation,

Las Vegas night life,

A terrorist’s delight.

Tall Casino Rooms vacated,

Taking cautions never stated,

Hoover Damn closed off to traffic,

Only allowing small cars passive.

Fearing water contamination,

Felt as if I lived in damnation,

Only foreigners were out,

Made your realize danger was still about.

@copyright Janice N. Richards all rights reserved from “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue.”  no part of this poem may be copied without the authors permission.

 

9/11 Changed the nation for ever. The  thousands of life’s that were lost between the two towers in New York, The plane that went down in Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon. Adults, children, first responders, visitors, family members, friends, loved ones were lost. Yet the nation pulled together and did everything that they could to help a nation at its worst disaster. Now our country would be changed forever more. People would be changed forever more. We had been attacked on our own soil. This would not be taken lightly and all Americans would stand up and be heard as they wanted it to be known we are a strong nation that protects itself and helps its own. Flags would be flown every where and now at a time when our country is having difficulties we still find time to pull together and honor the many fallen for our country. Do not forget the many canine’s that were used to rescue those that were trapped under the rebel.

This is a day that should never be forgotten. It is a day of awareness of what happens around the world at any time and can happen to our country. It is vital that we remember and show the world that we will not tolerate attacks on the greatest country in the world.

Americans rise up and do your part. Be aware of what is going on around you. Take time to vote in elections and make sure that America remains in the hands of American citizens.

Today as we remember 9/11 remember all the families who lost a loved one. Fly a flag at half mast or do something in memory of those we honor. Thank your local First Responders, EMT’s , Fire Fighters, and Police for they are the ones that go into harms way to protect you. Whatever you do never forget the importance of this day.

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2012, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

11 Make Your Bed Day

Today is make your own bed. No information was found on it’s origin. However, we all know how easy it is to ignore making our bed when we get up in the morning only to have to straighten it out before going to bed at night. Yet we love the feel of a freshly made bed to climb in so today is a day to start a new habit of having it made and being able to come home at the end of a busy day and be able to turn back the covers and climb in. Enjoy your fresh made bed tonight but remember it only happens if you make it first.:)

11 National Hot Cross Bun Day

National Hot Cross Bun Day

Today is National Hot Cross Bun Day! A hot cross bun is a sweet, spiced bun made with currants or raisins and leavened with yeast. Just as the name suggests, these baked goodies are marked with a cross on the top, which is supposed to symbolize the crucifixion. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday.So, why is National Host Cross Bun Day six months after Good Friday? We don’t know! The origins of this day are unknown, but we’re thankful to have an excuse to enjoy this treat anytime of year! Enjoy!

Make this day a special day. Be happy that you have a home in which you have a bed to make. Enjoy Hot Cross buns and share with an organization . Take some baked goods to your local fire department or police department.

Salute those fighting and protecting you and our country.

So until next time 🙂

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